Oakland, Calif., Holds Massive #BBQingWhileBlack Festival at Lake Merritt

Hundreds of Oakland, Calif., residents were at Oakland’s Lake Merritt Park over the weekend to prove that one Barbecue Becky won’t stop their grilling show. The festival was a middle finger to the white woman who called police on a family using a charcoal grill at the park two weeks ago. The viral video of the incident has now amassed over 2 million views and spawned even funnier memes.

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People gathered at the park on Sunday, and it was a joyous occasion free of any angry white women complaining about the use of charcoal in a nondesignated area.

“This is about doing what we’ve already been doing and eat in peace, literally,” said Logan Cortez. “We’re not fighting for our rights; it’s already our right to do this.”

Just one look at #BBQingWhileBlack on Twitter will show you exactly how happy people were to convene at the park:

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A local reporter even caught up with one of the men filmed in the viral video:

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“She kept telling me I didn’t belong here,” Onsayo Abram said in an interview with the Mercury News. “I was born here. She was trying to tell where I don’t belong, but at the same time, I wasn’t trying to feed into her negativity.”

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And that’s how you make your haters mad.

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